China, People's Republic of: Hai River Estuary Pollution Control and Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project

Sovereign Project | 43054-012

Summary

The TA will help Tianjin Municipality Government (TMG) develop an investment proposal in (i) wastewater management and pollution control (including the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant) along the south bank of the Hai River estuary, (ii) remediation of the contaminated sediment in the Hai River estuary, (iii) rehabilitation of the Hai River estuary ecosystem, (iv) establishment of a pollution emergency response and monitoring center in the Harbor Industrial Park, and (v) prevention of storm surge disaster.

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Project Name Hai River Estuary Pollution Control and Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project
Project Number 43054-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7312-PRC: Hai River Estuary Pollution Control and Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Water-based natural resources management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will help Tianjin Municipality Government (TMG) develop an investment proposal in (i) wastewater management and pollution control (including the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant) along the south bank of the Hai River estuary, (ii) remediation of the contaminated sediment in the Hai River estuary, (iii) rehabilitation of the Hai River estuary ecosystem, (iv) establishment of a pollution emergency response and monitoring center in the Harbor Industrial Park, and (v) prevention of storm surge disaster.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government has been addressing the serious water pollution problems in the Bohai Gulf and the Hai River Basin, both of which have been identified as priority areas in the 9th National Five-Year Plan (FYP, 1996-2000), the 10th National FYP (2001-2005), and also the 11th National FYP (2006-2010). The Ministry of Environment (then SEPA) has prepared the "Bohai Blue Sea Action Plan" and the "Water Pollution Prevention Program of Hai River Basin". Both plans included components for pollution control. The World Bank, ADB, and other development partners have also provided assistance in Hai river pollution control. However, all of these efforts to control pollution have been primarily focused on the upstream pollution sources and large-scale wastewater treatment plant construction programs, and insufficient attention has been paid to the estuarine ecosystem and polluted sediment management.

Most of the water management problems in the PRC, particularly for the coastal cities, are the result of a fragmented approach to development. There is a need to move towards a more integrated management approach whereby the different responsibilities associated with water management (water supply, wastewater management, drainage, and sediments) and ecosystem rehabilitation are managed together in close coordination with land use planning, coastal zone management, and pollution control. To reduce pollution in the country's coastal waters and sustain ecosystems, a number of specific lessons have been learned, including (i) adopting a holistic approach to water management in river basins and coastal zones, (ii) reducing pollution sources particularly industrial and urban point sources, and (iii) continuing institutional and financial

management reforms to facilitate sustainable environment management.

TMG has requested ADB's assistance to support the Hai River's estuarine pollution control and ecosystem rehabilitation. The proposals for ADB financing include: (i) wastewater management and pollution control (including the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant) along the south bank of the Hai River estuary, (ii) remediation of the contaminated sediment in the Hai River estuary, (iii) rehabilitation of the Hai River estuary ecosystem, (iv) establishment of a pollution emergency response and monitoring center in the Harbor Industrial Park, and (v) prevention of storm surge disaster. This proposed assistance will serve as a demonstration for further rehabilitation of other estuarine ecosystems around bay areas in the PRC. It also supports ADB's strategic priorities in the country partnership strategy, which aims to promote inclusive growth and environmental sustainability.

Impact Improved water quality and rehabilitated ecosystem in Hai River estuarine area
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Design for an investment project which responds to the clients' needs and fulfill ADB requirements and

safeguard policies

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Situational analysis, institutional assessments, and technical assessments completed

Agreement reached on project rationale, approach and strategy, and a preliminary list of subprojects

Project formulated and detailed subprojects identified and analyzed.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Tianjin, PRC
Safeguard Categories
Environment
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The initial stakeholders are the Tianjin Municipal Government, the Tianjin Binhai New Area administration, the administration of the Harbor Industrial Park, and the beneficiaries around the Hai river estuary.

Interested environmental NGOs may be involved in the project design. Community consultation and participation of beneficiaries will be integrated into the project design.

During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A team of consultants have been engaged already through a firm.
Responsible ADB Officer Frank Radstake
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Tianjin Municipal Government Wang Zhiguottpmo@public.tpt.tj.cnRoom 818, Tower A, Financial Plaza, No. 138 Dagu North Road, Heping District, Tianjin 300040 PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 23 Feb 2011
Fact Finding 20 Mar 2009 to 23 Feb 2011
MRM -
Approval 14 Jul 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 30 Apr 2009
Last PDS Update 12 Dec 2011

TA 7312-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Jul 2009 12 Aug 2009 12 Aug 2009 31 Mar 2010 30 Nov 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
700,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00 14 Jul 2009 618,036.18

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